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Re: Introduction

From: Eric S. Raymond <esr_at_thyrsus.com>
Date: 2001-03-02 17:33:11 CET

cmpilato@collab.net <cmpilato@collab.net>:
> I've heard/read this statement on more than a few occasions, and each
> time I seem to have failed to understand the basis for the statement.
> In my experience, the maintainability of a piece of software is tied
> far less to the language of choice or the size of the program, but
> instead is directly proportional to how that language was weilded, and
> how thoroughly that code was documented.

Of course. A poor programmer will write bad code in any language.

This issue is whether your language of choice makes it easy to write
clean, maintainable code or difficult to do it. Clean code can be
done in Perl, but requires more work than it ought to. I'm lazy and
don't like to work that hard :-).

(These days I like Python and Java on this scale.)

		Eric S. Raymond
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself 
a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about 
repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the 
great struggle for independence.
	-- Attributed to Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948)
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